Notes & Reviews:
This is a disc of contemporary works for trumpet with horn, trombone, piano and organ performed by trumpeter Amy Schendel.
American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Amy Schendel is trumpet professor at the University of Iowa. My favorite work on this album is the first, Patrick Schultz's brief but mesmerizing Fanfare for trumpet and organ. Schendel plays incisively without overdoing it and while maintaining a purity and roundness of tone that draws us in. Gregory Hand is the fine organist. Jean-Francois Michel's 3-movement, 9- minute Suite (1994) is one of few good trios for trumpet, horn, and trombone. These players are very good: Bernard Scully (horn professor at University of Illinois) and trombonist Todd Schendel (Ms Schendel's husband). Joseph Blaha's 4-movement, 12-minute French Suite (2011) is also a brass trio. The Schendels team with pianist Rene Lecuona in Michel's 3-movement, 13-minute Eveils (Awakenings, 1993) for trumpet, trombone, and piano. I love the mysterious opening of I ('The Day Awakes'), the energy of 'Nature Awakes', and the sense of inexorable force in 'The Street Awakens'. Terrific piece, very well played. Wayne Lu's 3-movement, 15-minute Trumpet Sonata (2007) is unusual piece held my attention. The album ends as it began, with a work for trumpet and organ: the 4-movement, 11- minute Sonata (1971) by Harald Genzmer. I is a stentorian pronouncement; II a scamper; III a Hindemithian contemplation of an old chant; and IV a technical display for both musicians. The organ of First Presbyterian Church, Iowa City, sounds terrific.
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